THE PAINTED BIRD

JERZY KOSIŃSKI - THE PAINTED BIRD

By Václav MARHOUL

SILVER SCREEN - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2019

Jerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird © 1965, Houghton Mifflin, New York
Rights been obtained, April 2010, “Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership”, Chicago, Illinois, USA
A dark masterpiece and harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II.

Festivals
& Awards

ScripTeast 2013
PFM 2014
Venice - Biennale 2019
Main Competition
Toronto - TIFF 2019
Special Presentation
BIF London 2019
Camerimage 2019
Warszaw IFF 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Drama, Historical
    • Countries
    • CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, UKRAINE
    • Languages
    • Other, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, CZECH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 169 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Václav MARHOUL
    • Writer(s)
    • Václav MARHOUL
    • Producer(s)
    • Václav MARHOUL (Silver Screen), Igor SAVYCHENKO (Directory Films), Zuzana MISTRÍKOVÁ (PubRes)
    • Synopsis
    • Based on the acclaimed Jerzy Kozinski novel, THE PAINTED BIRD is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II.

      The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German.

      When the war ends, The Boy has been changed, forever.

    • Partners & financing
    • Czech Television (Czech Republic)
      Eduard & Milada Kucera (Czech Republic)
      Directory Films (Ukraine)
      RTVS (Slovakia)
      Certicon (Czech Republic)
      innogy (Czech Republic)
      PubRes (Slovakia)
      Richard Kaucký (Czech Republic)
      Alexander Kushaev (UK)

      SALES AGENT / WORLDWIDE:
      Celluloid Dreams - Hengameh Panahi (France)

    • Production schedule
    • 2008 - 2010 / Licensing
      2010 - 2013 / Script writing + Development
      2013 - 2016 / Funding + Development
      2016 - 2017 / Preproduction
      2017 - 2018 / Principal photography
      2018 - 2019 / Postproduction
      2019 - September / World premiere
      2019 - Distribution
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Mar 13, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Jul 04, 2018
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